How to Replace a 120-Volt Electrical Wall Outlet

By: Julie Day
Old 120-volt wall outlet

Electrical wall outlet (receptacle) in need of replacing.

If an electrical outlet (also known as a receptacle) is cracked or broken, the slots no longer grip the plug tightly, or the outlet doesn’t work properly, it needs to be replaced. Replacing a standard, 120-volt wall outlet is an easy DIY project that only requires a few tools and some basic knowledge of wiring.

Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to replace an electrical outlet in your home.

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  • erica jones Says:
    July 18th, 2016 at 10:07 am

    my electrical outlet in the kitchen does not fit my oven i need to replace it to fit my oven cord which is a three prong what do i need to do



  • Lonnie Ayers Says:
    November 8th, 2015 at 10:34 am

    I am replacing some old lighting in my kitchin, the lights I will be putting back are lumens link able. What I would like to do is remove the switch that is there fore the old light and rewire it for a outlet can you help?
    Thanking you in advance,
    Lonnie Ayers



  • Deborah Fairchild Says:
    August 17th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    How do I figure out which circuit breaker turns off which outlets and then how do I double-check to be sure its off?



  • Bill Says:
    December 18th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Good safety tip! Always check a switch or outlet to be sure it’s off before working on it.



  • Santa Says:
    July 24th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I have two ceiling fans (bedroom & living room) which are controlled by wall touch switches. One or both will go during severe storms. I have questioned various Home Depot workers who had no idea what could be causing these occurrences. I don’t want to call an electrician to come over for something I could possibly do myself. I have installed dimmer switches, installed thermostats, toilet repairs, under the sink repairs, faucet repairs…..so I think I can tackle this one. I just need to know whether if I disconnect it at the wall switch, will it function manually directly from the fan?

    I thank you.


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